A racist backlash has been bombarding The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as they cast Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to form part of the narrative of Middle-earth. After the members voiced out their stand, The Lord of the Rings trilogy actors publicly show their support to the series.
Wearing matching shirts promoting inclusivity on Middle-earth with ears of human, Hobbit, Elf, and Dwarf, Lord of the Rings alum Elijah Wood who played Frodo Baggins tweeted a photo with the caption, "You are all welcome here," posing alongside Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan. (Pippin and Merry)
Sean Astin who played Samwise Gamgee also had the same caption in his own tweet wearing the same design on the shirts of Wood, Boyd, and Monaghan but this time, it's on a baseball cap.
Cast members of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showed their gratitude to the support of The Lord of the Rings movie actors through replying. Owain Arthur said, "Proper fellowship. Thank you lads." Benjamin Walker also expressed his thanks.
Ismael Cruz-Cordova, who has been a subject of the racist backlash being a Black Puerto Rican playing an elf, feels the support of The Lord of the Rings movie actors replying, "Much love."
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have been facing some racist backlash even before the show started to air on Amazon Prime Video and it is because of the casting of BIPOC which some supposed "die-hard" fans of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien could not accept.
The cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power already released a statement on Twitter saying, "Our world has never been all white, fantasy has never been all white, Middle-earth is not all white. BIPOC belong in Middle-earth and they are here to stay."
In a separate interview with Time, executive producer Lindsey Weber already released a previous statement on the racist backlash that the show received even prior to its release on Amazon Prime Video, “We’re all up for criticism. We’re not up for racism.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power releases weekly on Amazon Prime Video.